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Former Congresswoman Katie Hill shares her experience with misogyny and double standards in politics to help women topple the longstanding power structures that prevent them from achieving equality. Powerful women who dare to make mistakes still face swifter and more brutal consequences than men, as the events that precipitated Congressional representative Katie Hill's resi Former Congresswoman Katie Hill shares her experience with misogyny and double standards in politics to help women topple the longstanding power structures that prevent them from achieving equality. Powerful women who dare to make mistakes still face swifter and more brutal consequences than men, as the events that precipitated Congressional representative Katie Hill's resignation, in which she was the victim of revenge porn, clearly demonstrate. But Katie Hill does not want women to be discouraged from taking positions of power -- in fact, the rampant misogyny we see is all the more reason for women to lead, to work to change the systems that have kept old, wealthy, white men in power for far too long. In this book, to be published on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment (which gave women the right to vote), Katie Hill looks back on the progress we've made and outlines her battle plan for our future. She details how we can overcome the obstacles holding women back from achieving equal representation in positions of power to create the change we want for the next century. What challenges do women face in the modern era, and what battles will we need to fight in the years to come? Katie Hill is ready to equip readers for the front lines of leadership in all arenas, to guide women in becoming the warriors we need to shape this country for the better.


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Former Congresswoman Katie Hill shares her experience with misogyny and double standards in politics to help women topple the longstanding power structures that prevent them from achieving equality. Powerful women who dare to make mistakes still face swifter and more brutal consequences than men, as the events that precipitated Congressional representative Katie Hill's resi Former Congresswoman Katie Hill shares her experience with misogyny and double standards in politics to help women topple the longstanding power structures that prevent them from achieving equality. Powerful women who dare to make mistakes still face swifter and more brutal consequences than men, as the events that precipitated Congressional representative Katie Hill's resignation, in which she was the victim of revenge porn, clearly demonstrate. But Katie Hill does not want women to be discouraged from taking positions of power -- in fact, the rampant misogyny we see is all the more reason for women to lead, to work to change the systems that have kept old, wealthy, white men in power for far too long. In this book, to be published on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment (which gave women the right to vote), Katie Hill looks back on the progress we've made and outlines her battle plan for our future. She details how we can overcome the obstacles holding women back from achieving equal representation in positions of power to create the change we want for the next century. What challenges do women face in the modern era, and what battles will we need to fight in the years to come? Katie Hill is ready to equip readers for the front lines of leadership in all arenas, to guide women in becoming the warriors we need to shape this country for the better.

30 review for She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Part memoir, part essay and manifesto, “She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality” (2020) was courageously written by Katie Hill, who was elected to the California 25th Congressional District in 2018. Ms. Hill candidly recalls the knowledge, educational and employment opportunities that led to her service as a congresswoman in the House of Representatives and the harrowing betrayal originating from her personal life that led to her resignation in October 2019. The truth is Part memoir, part essay and manifesto, “She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality” (2020) was courageously written by Katie Hill, who was elected to the California 25th Congressional District in 2018. Ms. Hill candidly recalls the knowledge, educational and employment opportunities that led to her service as a congresswoman in the House of Representatives and the harrowing betrayal originating from her personal life that led to her resignation in October 2019. The truth is, that it may have been more beneficial for Ms. Hill’s public image if she had navigated and solved the complexities of personal problems with her husband Kenny Heslep (m.2010-19) before she ran for office. It wasn’t clear why he was unemployed, and Ms. Hill was their sole support. Choices made within her marriage may have put Ms. Hill in the venerable positions that fueled the sex scandals that derailed her political career. According to Ms. Hill, Heslep was extremely controlling, mentally and physically abusive. When she cautiously sought a marital separation, Heslep threatened her multiple times, warning that he would ruin her life if she left him. The conservative blog, Red State published online nude/sexually explicit photos of Ms. Hill, and the British tabloid Daily Mail followed with an article/photo-op. Afterword, the emotional breakdown and depression that Ms. Hill experienced led to one of the darkest periods of her personal, family life and career. Ms. Hill observed that this form of criminal cyber-exploitation has been identified as Revenge Porn and has mainly victimized tens of thousands of women. This is a newer serious felony crime in many states, though difficult to prove/prosecute, as the photos are often taken by a trusted intimate partner without the victim’s knowledge. The demands for these online graphic images are endless, and we need unified strict enforceable laws to prevent this crime and protect those victimized.. Clearly, the ramifications of scandals involving men and women have very different meanings and results. Ms. Hill writes about the misogyny that too often prevails in our culture shaping a corrupt political climate of ideology and laws. The subject matters regarding women’s stories, historic reference, inequality, economic, health, domestic, political and social injustice and crimes against women are covered in great detail. This is truly an engaging informative read. Ms. Hill encourages more women particularly women of color, LGBTQ, to run for political office and openly speak their truth. ** With thanks to Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley for the DDC for the purpose of review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    I’m grateful Katie Hill shared her story. More thoughts to come. Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader I’m grateful Katie Hill shared her story. More thoughts to come. Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Katie Hill is an excellent writer, weaving statistics and context into her personal narratives. She is honest about her inappropriate consentual relationship she had with her staffer and double downed on the consistency we need to apply to all people in power, particularly the many repeat offending men who have not resigned, who run for higher positions of power and get appointed. Double standards abound. This work ends with the gobs of sources she references throughout. I walked away from this Katie Hill is an excellent writer, weaving statistics and context into her personal narratives. She is honest about her inappropriate consentual relationship she had with her staffer and double downed on the consistency we need to apply to all people in power, particularly the many repeat offending men who have not resigned, who run for higher positions of power and get appointed. Double standards abound. This work ends with the gobs of sources she references throughout. I walked away from this feeling more empowered and inspired. *I received an eARC copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Grand Central Publishing for the opportunity to read and review in advance of publication.

  4. 4 out of 5

    George Slade

    5 stars just for continuing to push through so much adversity, without giving up, even though she was on the brink more than once. Her story is inspiring and devastating all in one. It's inspiring that she and other women are truly beginning to not only believe in what they can do, but to also push for what they deserve, without taking no for an answer. It's devastating for several reasons. The stories of how women have been and continue to be treated unfairly and cruelly at all levels of society, 5 stars just for continuing to push through so much adversity, without giving up, even though she was on the brink more than once. Her story is inspiring and devastating all in one. It's inspiring that she and other women are truly beginning to not only believe in what they can do, but to also push for what they deserve, without taking no for an answer. It's devastating for several reasons. The stories of how women have been and continue to be treated unfairly and cruelly at all levels of society, including in their own homes, should be more than enough to galvanize all moral peoples together to declare that enough is enough. While reading this book, I went from thinking that all girls need to read this to thinking all boys need to read this. I also may never vote a man again if there's a female candidate.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shelli

    Whenever a book shows up on my to-read shelf because I entered the Goodreads Giveaway for it despite finding it or its author problematic, I always feel like I should write a little disclaimer. Here’s this one’s: I am very interested – and personally invested, obviously – in this subject matter, but oy, is Katie Hill a questionable purveyor of the material. The book description makes it sound like she was forced to resign from Congress for being the victim of revenge porn, but she completely omit Whenever a book shows up on my to-read shelf because I entered the Goodreads Giveaway for it despite finding it or its author problematic, I always feel like I should write a little disclaimer. Here’s this one’s: I am very interested – and personally invested, obviously – in this subject matter, but oy, is Katie Hill a questionable purveyor of the material. The book description makes it sound like she was forced to resign from Congress for being the victim of revenge porn, but she completely omits the bulk of the story, which I find rather shady and disingenuous.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    SHE WILL RISE is an interesting combination of memoir and essays. Katie Hill resigned from office after a series of events that she lays out in the book at the beginning. She then goes on to examine gender and the concerns facing women in the current age. She talks about bodily autonomy, double standards, domestic violence, and sexual abuse/assault. Each chapter/section brings both personal stories and facts/research to the topic. This was a highly informative and well composed read. It contains SHE WILL RISE is an interesting combination of memoir and essays. Katie Hill resigned from office after a series of events that she lays out in the book at the beginning. She then goes on to examine gender and the concerns facing women in the current age. She talks about bodily autonomy, double standards, domestic violence, and sexual abuse/assault. Each chapter/section brings both personal stories and facts/research to the topic. This was a highly informative and well composed read. It contains many important topics to women and society at large. It is not always an easy read, and I would definitely direct readers to the content warnings at the beginning of the book (for suicidal ideation, abortion, sexual assault, domestic violence, etc.). This is more than just Hill's story, though it certainly does contain her experiences and thoughts on the topics. The book is full of research on the topics that lend an extra level of information. SHE WILL RISE is an engaging collection of topics around women that combines memoir and essay to provide an interesting discussion. Recommend for people who like to delve deep into topics around gender equality. Please note that I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Read

    This is an excellent book. Well written and engaging. I like how Katie Hill gives some background at the beginning of the book for those not familiar with her story or what happened to her. Her full story and how she came to run for office is at the end of the book - which works. The heart of the book is a blueprint, a battle plan, a clarion call to action to do something about greater political representation for women. That representation, which is currently well below 50 percent in nearly ever This is an excellent book. Well written and engaging. I like how Katie Hill gives some background at the beginning of the book for those not familiar with her story or what happened to her. Her full story and how she came to run for office is at the end of the book - which works. The heart of the book is a blueprint, a battle plan, a clarion call to action to do something about greater political representation for women. That representation, which is currently well below 50 percent in nearly every measure in federal and state legislatures, executive offices, the judiciary and political appointments. To reach a place where women have fundamental equality in the workplace, at home, in pay, safety and public policy - we must VOTE. In much greater numbers than women have voted previously and for WOMEN CANDIDATES. She correctly identifies that we must foment a movement - just like the suffrage movement that changed the perception of what women were able to do - willing to do - in order to demand a voice as citizens in this democracy. Culture and deeply held perceptions and beliefs are difficult to change. But change they must and that starts with changing who is sitting at the table making public policy. I highly recommend this book. Katie Hill has learned some hard lessons, made mistakes, suffered through poor decisions, long term intimate partner abuse, the most savage public shaming and she's not going to waste what she's learned by stepping away from the public spotlight. She knows how to use influence and resources and she's determined to make a difference. Brava! And may she inspire more women to do the same.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anneka

    I received this book through #Goodreadsgiveaway. Thank you for this opportunity. This was a mentally heavy book. Powerful, painful...empowering! I would love to read a comparable book from a young woman in Canadian politics. I’m aware that we are very different countries, but I’m afraid we have more similarities to the US than I care to admit sometimes too. Thank you, Katie Hill, for writing this book, for putting yourself out there, for fighting for a better USA and world, for owning your mistake I received this book through #Goodreadsgiveaway. Thank you for this opportunity. This was a mentally heavy book. Powerful, painful...empowering! I would love to read a comparable book from a young woman in Canadian politics. I’m aware that we are very different countries, but I’m afraid we have more similarities to the US than I care to admit sometimes too. Thank you, Katie Hill, for writing this book, for putting yourself out there, for fighting for a better USA and world, for owning your mistakes and taking responsibility for your part - and ONLY your part - of negative situations, and for encouraging other women to use their voice and actions to fight for equality. Thank you.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Francis

    Wonderful memoir. Gritty and truthful, no holds barred. A must for every lover of feminist nonfiction!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melisa

    This book is about female empowerment- showing that women are capable of entering a male dominated arena and the need for us to if we want to pass laws in our best interest. This book was both a personal narrative as well as a plan of action. Katie’s writing style is easy to relate to and easy to understand. She has a brave, female role model (there’s a twist y’all, and this was some good storytelling throughout the book), yet she also knows of men who are great influences in her life too. It’s This book is about female empowerment- showing that women are capable of entering a male dominated arena and the need for us to if we want to pass laws in our best interest. This book was both a personal narrative as well as a plan of action. Katie’s writing style is easy to relate to and easy to understand. She has a brave, female role model (there’s a twist y’all, and this was some good storytelling throughout the book), yet she also knows of men who are great influences in her life too. It’s finding that balance of equality where both voices can be heard and treatment of both sexes considered when passing legislation. I felt lots of sympathy for her when she revealed her husband’s treatment of her, but I do wonder about the other issue surrounding her resignation that was somewhat glossed over in the book. We’re all human and make mistakes, but becoming a public figure exposes every minutiae of your lives sometimes. Although her husband using revenge porn against her is by no means her fault, knowing just the bare minimum about another part of her story seems a little suspect. full review here

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marian Bron

    This book was received through Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Katie Hills She Will Rise begins as Sandberg’s Lean In but quickly moves beyond. The chapters cover such topics as abusive relationships, sexual assault, and workplace discrimination, each section finishing with a list of resources and aid. A definite benefit. However, the book despite all its advice is written for an American audience. All the resources listed are American, nothing for other English speaking read This book was received through Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Katie Hills She Will Rise begins as Sandberg’s Lean In but quickly moves beyond. The chapters cover such topics as abusive relationships, sexual assault, and workplace discrimination, each section finishing with a list of resources and aid. A definite benefit. However, the book despite all its advice is written for an American audience. All the resources listed are American, nothing for other English speaking readers. Considering the giveaway was offered in Canada, it would have been nice to see some Canadian aid services listed. Discrimination is not just an American problem. Hills writing style moves smoothly along and is a quick read. She acknowledges her own mistakes without wallowing in self-pity. She writes honestly about her bad days, and considering what she has been through, it shows strength. I am sure we will be hearing more from Katie Hill. I wish her well in her legal battle. She Will Rise is a call to arms for its American female audience. Hill wants to recruit young female politicians to the Democratic party. It is a theme throughout, almost to the point of propaganda. In her eyes the white old boy has had his turn in Washington and has made a mess of the nation. Mothers should buy a copy of the book to read and discuss with their daughters. We may not all agree with her take on all topics covered, she does have a content warning at the beginning of the book, but they still need discussing. Discrimination, the root cause of all that is written about, should no longer be an issue. As Hill points out it’s been 100 years since women in the States won the right to vote and so much has not changed in the intervening years.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    It is clear that the author couldn’t decide whether she was writing a memoir or a manifesto. Therefore, the book conveys a muddled message. At times it is whinny with the author promoting her victimhood and apparently that of her grandmother and other family members while never providing true insights into her life or the causative factors such as the depression that she alludes to and possibly other problems that led to her marriage and the abuse that she incurred, or to her discovery that she It is clear that the author couldn’t decide whether she was writing a memoir or a manifesto. Therefore, the book conveys a muddled message. At times it is whinny with the author promoting her victimhood and apparently that of her grandmother and other family members while never providing true insights into her life or the causative factors such as the depression that she alludes to and possibly other problems that led to her marriage and the abuse that she incurred, or to her discovery that she was bisexual. She also never truly explains her rationale for resigning besides not wanting others to suffer as a result of her mistakes, rather than fighting her victimization. At other times the book attempts to be a manifesto for feminist action. However, it devolves in most of the chapters into a discussion resembling a self-help book that reads like a catalogue with tips for dealing with problems and referrals that for the most part lack critical contact information. Finally, it ends with a feminist tirade that isn’t persuasive for anyone except those committed to the cause. This is a most unsatisfying read even for political junkies and feminists who have read other groundbreaking manifestos by the earlier leaders of the feminist movement.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    I like Katie Hill, and after reading an interview with her in the NY Times, I was excited to read her book. But to be honest, this read was a slog. I would've liked to see more memoir and learn more about her life, and less progressive manifesto. And this is coming from someone who leans far left. Maybe because it was very "preaching to the choir" personally. Her writing isn't dry or anything, I just found it kind of boring, as empowering as she tried to be.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    DNF

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I liked the way this blended her personal story, the history/current status of feminism in America, and next steps to ensure progress.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Whew. I don't want to trade places with the author, but I am glad that she is finding her way and telling her story. Thank you for sticking up for women, especially biwomen!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbpie

    So sad about what happened to Katie Hill. Her despicable ex has a lot to answer for. Grr.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Omme Shahnaz Farhiza

    Good

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ben Iredell

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tara

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristie Gonyea

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joe Morse

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emma

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  28. 5 out of 5

    etherealfire

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tim McGreevy

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